A Princess of Mars, Part 4 - Special English Audiobook

     A Princess of Mars, Part 4

A Princess of Mars, Part 4

  Now, the Special English program,
   Now, the Special English program,
  American Stories.
   American Stories.
  Welcome to the fourth and last part of our program,
   Welcome to the fourth and last part of our program,
  A Princess of Mars.
   A Princess of Mars.
  The story is from a series of books
   The story is from a series of books
  by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
   by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  Last week,
   Last week,
  we told how John Carter observed a fierce battle
   we told how John Carter observed a fierce battle
  between the green Martians and a race of red,
   between the green Martians and a race of red,
  human-like creatures.
   human-like creatures.
  He also saw
   He also saw
  the beautiful Princess Dejah Thoris
   the beautiful Princess Dejah Thoris
  being captured after the battle.
   being captured after the battle.
  A short time later,
   A short time later,
  John Carter,
   John Carter,
  the Princess and their friend,
   the Princess and their friend,
  the green Martian woman Sola,
   the green Martian woman Sola,
  attempt to escape rather than face death.
   attempt to escape rather than face death.
  The Princess and Sola must flee
   The Princess and Sola must flee
  while John Carter tries to slow the green warriors
   while John Carter tries to slow the green warriors
  who are chasing them.
   who are chasing them.
  John Carter continues to tell
   John Carter continues to tell
  what happens in Edgar Rice Burroughs' story,
   what happens in Edgar Rice Burroughs' story,
  A Princess of Mars.
   A Princess of Mars.
  The huge green warrior Tars Tarkas
   The huge green warrior Tars Tarkas
  came slowly toward me with his thin sword.
   came slowly toward me with his thin sword.
  I backed away.
   I backed away.
  I did not want to fight him.
   I did not want to fight him.
  I did not wish his death.
   I did not wish his death.
  He had been as kind to me as a green Martian can be.
   He had been as kind to me as a green Martian can be.
  As I stood watching him,
   As I stood watching him,
  a rifle fired in the distance,
   a rifle fired in the distance,
  then another and another.
   then another and another.
  Tars Tarkas and his warriors
   Tars Tarkas and his warriors
  were under attack from another tribe of green warriors.
   were under attack from another tribe of green warriors.
  Within seconds, a terrible battle raged.
   Within seconds, a terrible battle raged.
  As I watched,
   As I watched,
  three of the attackers fell on Tars Tarkas.
   three of the attackers fell on Tars Tarkas.
  He killed one
   He killed one
  and was fighting with the other two
   and was fighting with the other two
  when he slipped and fell.
   when he slipped and fell.
  I ran to his aid,
   I ran to his aid,
  swinging my sword.
   swinging my sword.
  He was on his feet.
   He was on his feet.
  Shoulder-to-shoulder,
   Shoulder-to-shoulder,
  we fought against the attackers.
   we fought against the attackers.
  They finally withdrew after an hour of fierce fighting.
   They finally withdrew after an hour of fierce fighting.
  John Carter,
   John Carter,
  I think I understand the meaning of the word "friend."
   I think I understand the meaning of the word "friend."
  You saved my life when I was about to take yours.
   You saved my life when I was about to take yours.
  From this day,
   From this day,
  you are no longer a captive among our people,
   you are no longer a captive among our people,
  but a leader and great warrior among us.
   but a leader and great warrior among us.
  There was a smile on his face.
   There was a smile on his face.
  Once again,
   Once again,
  he took off a metal band from his arm
   he took off a metal band from his arm
  and gave it to me.
   and gave it to me.
  I have a question for you John Carter.
   I have a question for you John Carter.
  I understand why you took the red woman with you.
   I understand why you took the red woman with you.
  But why did Sola leave her people
   But why did Sola leave her people
  and go with you?
   and go with you?
  She did not want to see me or the Princess harmed.
   She did not want to see me or the Princess harmed.
  She does not like the great games held by your people
   She does not like the great games held by your people
  where captives are led to die.
   where captives are led to die.
  She knows if she is caught,
   She knows if she is caught,
  she too will die in the games.
   she too will die in the games.
  She told me
   She told me
  she hates the games because her mother died there.
   she hates the games because her mother died there.
  What?
   What?
  How could she know her mother?
   How could she know her mother?
  She told me her mother was killed in the games
   She told me her mother was killed in the games
  because she had hidden the egg that produced her.
   because she had hidden the egg that produced her.
  Her mother hid Sola among other children
   Her mother hid Sola among other children
  before she was captured.
   before she was captured.
  Sola said she was a kind woman,
   Sola said she was a kind woman,
  not like others of your tribe.
   not like others of your tribe.
  Tars Tarkas grew angry as I was speaking.
   Tars Tarkas grew angry as I was speaking.
  But I could see past his anger.
   But I could see past his anger.
  I could see pain in his eyes.
   I could see pain in his eyes.
  I immediately knew Sola's great secret.
   I immediately knew Sola's great secret.
  I have a question for you, Tars Tarkas.
   I have a question for you, Tars Tarkas.
  Did you know Sola's mother?
   Did you know Sola's mother?
  Yes…
   Yes…
  and if I could have,
   and if I could have,
  I would have prevented her death.
   I would have prevented her death.
  I know this story to be true.
   I know this story to be true.
  I have always known the woman
   I have always known the woman
  who died in those games had a child.
   who died in those games had a child.
  I never knew the child.
   I never knew the child.
  I do now.
   I do now.
  Sola is also my child.
   Sola is also my child.
  For three days,
   For three days,
  we followed the trail left by the Princess Dejah Thoris,
   we followed the trail left by the Princess Dejah Thoris,
  Sola and poor ugly Woola.
   Sola and poor ugly Woola.
  At last,
   At last,
  we could see them in the distance.
   we could see them in the distance.
  Their animal could no longer be ridden.
   Their animal could no longer be ridden.
  They were talking.
   They were talking.
  When we came near,
   When we came near,
  Woola turned to fight us.
   Woola turned to fight us.
  I slowly walked to him with my hand out.
   I slowly walked to him with my hand out.
  Sola was standing nearby.
   Sola was standing nearby.
  She was armed and prepared to fight.
   She was armed and prepared to fight.
  The princess was lying next to her feet.
   The princess was lying next to her feet.
  Sola, what is wrong with the princess?
   Sola, what is wrong with the princess?
  She has been crying much these past few days,
   She has been crying much these past few days,
  John Carter.
   John Carter.
  We believed you died so we could escape.
   We believed you died so we could escape.
  The thought of your death was very heavy on this woman…
   The thought of your death was very heavy on this woman…
  my friend Dejah Thoris.
   my friend Dejah Thoris.
  Come and tell her you are among the living.
   Come and tell her you are among the living.
  Perhaps that will stop her crying.
   Perhaps that will stop her crying.
  I walked to where the Princess Dejah Thoris was lying on the ground.
   I walked to where the Princess Dejah Thoris was lying on the ground.
  She looked at me with eyes
   She looked at me with eyes
  that were red from crying.
   that were red from crying.
  Princess, you are no longer in danger.
   Princess, you are no longer in danger.
  Tars Tarkas has come with me as a friend.
   Tars Tarkas has come with me as a friend.
  He and his warriors will help to see you safely home.
   He and his warriors will help to see you safely home.
  And..Sola!
   And..Sola!
  I would have you greet your father
   I would have you greet your father
  -- Tars Tarkas --
   -- Tars Tarkas --
  a great leader among your people.
   a great leader among your people.
  your secret no longer means death to anyone.
   your secret no longer means death to anyone.
  He already knows you are his daughter.
   He already knows you are his daughter.
  The two of you have nothing to fear.
   The two of you have nothing to fear.
  Sola turned and looked at Tars Tarkas.
   Sola turned and looked at Tars Tarkas.
  She held out her hand.
   She held out her hand.
  He took it.
   He took it.
  It was a new beginning for them.
   It was a new beginning for them.
  I know our world has never before seen anyone like you,
   I know our world has never before seen anyone like you,
  John Carter.
   John Carter.
  Can it be that all Earthmen are like you?
   Can it be that all Earthmen are like you?
  I was alone,
   I was alone,
  a stranger,
   a stranger,
  hunted,
   hunted,
  threatened.
   threatened.
  Yet you would freely give your life to save me.
   Yet you would freely give your life to save me.
  You come to me now with a tribe of green warriors
   You come to me now with a tribe of green warriors
  who offer their friendship.
   who offer their friendship.
  You are no longer a captive
   You are no longer a captive
  but wear the metal of great rank among their people.
   but wear the metal of great rank among their people.
  No man has ever done this.
   No man has ever done this.
  Princess, I have done many strange things in my life,
   Princess, I have done many strange things in my life,
  many things much smarter men would not have done.
   many things much smarter men would not have done.
  And now,
   And now,
  before my courage fails,
   before my courage fails,
  I would ask you,
   I would ask you,
  to be mine in marriage.
   to be mine in marriage.
  She smiled at me for a moment
   She smiled at me for a moment
  and then her dark eyes flashed in the evening light.
   and then her dark eyes flashed in the evening light.
  You have no need of your courage,
   You have no need of your courage,
  John Carter,
   John Carter,
  because you already knew the answer before you asked the question.
   because you already knew the answer before you asked the question.
  Several days later,
   Several days later,
  we reached the city of Helium.
   we reached the city of Helium.
  At first,
   At first,
  the red men of Helium thought we were an attacking army.
   the red men of Helium thought we were an attacking army.
  But they soon saw their Princess.
   But they soon saw their Princess.
  We were greeted with great joy.
   We were greeted with great joy.
  Tars Tarkas and his green warriors caused the greatest excitement.
   Tars Tarkas and his green warriors caused the greatest excitement.
  This huge group of green warriors entered the city as friends
   This huge group of green warriors entered the city as friends
  and allies.
   and allies.
  I soon met Tardos Mors,
   I soon met Tardos Mors,
  the grandfather of Dejah Thoris.
   the grandfather of Dejah Thoris.
  He tried several times to thank me for saving the life of the Princess.
   He tried several times to thank me for saving the life of the Princess.
  But tears filled his eyes and he could not speak.
   But tears filled his eyes and he could not speak.
  For nine years,
   For nine years,
  I served in the government
   I served in the government
  and fought in the armies of Helium as a Prince of the royal family.
   and fought in the armies of Helium as a Prince of the royal family.
  It was a happy time.
   It was a happy time.
  The Princess Dejah Thoris
   The Princess Dejah Thoris
  and I were expecting a child.
   and I were expecting a child.
  Then, one day,
   Then, one day,
  a soldier returned from a long flight.
   a soldier returned from a long flight.
  When he landed he hurried to the great meeting room.
   When he landed he hurried to the great meeting room.
  Tardos Mors met with the soldier
   Tardos Mors met with the soldier
  and reported
   and reported
  that every creature on the planet had but three days to live.
   that every creature on the planet had but three days to live.
  He said the great machines
   He said the great machines
  that produced the atmosphere on the planet had stopped producing oxygen.
   that produced the atmosphere on the planet had stopped producing oxygen.
  He said no one knew why this had happened,
   He said no one knew why this had happened,
  but there was nothing that could be done.
   but there was nothing that could be done.
  The air grew thin within a day.
   The air grew thin within a day.
  Many people could do nothing but sleep.
   Many people could do nothing but sleep.
  I watched as my Princess was slowly dying.
   I watched as my Princess was slowly dying.
  I had to try something.
   I had to try something.
  I could still move with great difficulty.
   I could still move with great difficulty.
  I went to our airport
   I went to our airport
  and chose a fast aircraft.
   and chose a fast aircraft.
  I flew as fast as I could to the building
   I flew as fast as I could to the building
  that produced the atmosphere of the planet.
   that produced the atmosphere of the planet.
  Workers were trying to enter.
   Workers were trying to enter.
  I tried to help.
   I tried to help.
  With a great effort I opened a hole.
   With a great effort I opened a hole.
  I grew very weak.
   I grew very weak.
  I asked one of the workers if he could start the engines.
   I asked one of the workers if he could start the engines.
  He said he would try.
   He said he would try.
  I fell asleep on the ground.
   I fell asleep on the ground.
  It was dark when I opened my eyes again.
   It was dark when I opened my eyes again.
  My clothing felt stiff and strange.
   My clothing felt stiff and strange.
  I sat up.
   I sat up.
  I could see light from an opening.
   I could see light from an opening.
  I walked outside.
   I walked outside.
  The land looked strange to me.
   The land looked strange to me.
  I looked up to the sky and saw the Red Planet Mars.
   I looked up to the sky and saw the Red Planet Mars.
  I was once again on Earth
   I was once again on Earth
  in the desert of Arizona.
   in the desert of Arizona.
  I cried out with deep emotion.
   I cried out with deep emotion.
  Did the worker reach the machines to renew the atmosphere?
   Did the worker reach the machines to renew the atmosphere?
  Did the air reach the people of that planet in time to save them?
   Did the air reach the people of that planet in time to save them?
  Was my Princess Dejah Thoris alive
   Was my Princess Dejah Thoris alive
  or did she lie cold in death?
   or did she lie cold in death?
  For ten years now,
   For ten years now,
  I have watched the night sky,
   I have watched the night sky,
  looking for an answer.
   looking for an answer.
  I believe she and our child are waiting there for me.
   I believe she and our child are waiting there for me.
  Something tells me that I shall soon know.
   Something tells me that I shall soon know.
  You have been listening to the Special English program,
   You have been listening to the Special English program,
  American Stories.
   American Stories.
  Shep O'Neal was the voice of John Carter.
   Shep O'Neal was the voice of John Carter.
  Steve Ember was Tars Tarkas.
   Steve Ember was Tars Tarkas.
  Barbara Klein was Sola.
   Barbara Klein was Sola.
  and Gwen Outen was Princess Dejah Thoris.
   and Gwen Outen was Princess Dejah Thoris.
  This story was adapted for Special English by Paul Thompson.
   This story was adapted for Special English by Paul Thompson.
  It was produced by Paul Thompson
   It was produced by Paul Thompson
  and Mario Ritter.
   and Mario Ritter.